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A true story of survival in Maine's unforgiving northern wilderness.

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Lost Trail: Nine Days Alone in the Wilderness

Lost Trail is a masterfully illustrated, graphic novel that tells the true story of Donn Fendler, a twelve-year-old boy, who was lost in the wilderness on Maine’s tallest mountain for nine days in 1939. Originally made famous by the perennial best-seller Lost on a Mountain in Maine, Donn’s story is now available in an exciting new format that will engage an entire new generation.


"Donn Fendler's story of survival is both terrifying and uplifting. It's wonderful to see it in a format that will introduce it to a whole new generation of readers. Here's a graphic novel about a real American superhero." —Stephen King

"Scripted by Lynn Plourde and illustrated by Ben Bishop, the book is a loving adaption that retains all the excitement of the decades-old original. With adaptations so often shuffled along to make a quick buck, it was refreshing to see the care put into the script. Bishop is an artist who has been working in Maine for a few years, and his dynamic panels show a talent that may soon be headed for the big leagues." —, from iFanboy's 2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Must Have Graphic Novels and Collected Editions Blog Post



Name Lost Trail
SKU 9780892729456
Author(s) Lynn Plourde
Illustrator/Photographer N/A
Dimensions 6.625" x 10.125"
Page Count 64 pages
Number of Illustrations 64
Number of Photos No
Format Paperback
Free Shipping No

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Author Information

DONN FENDLER  wass born in New York City in 1926 and raised in nearby Rye, New York. Donn Fendler joined the Navy in World War II as a Sea Bee serving in the Pacific and China. He then graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. Donn returned to serve his country as an Infantry Airborne Officer in the U.S. Army, retiring after thirty years with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He now splits his time between Clarksville, Tennessee, and Newport, Maine. Through the years, he has given countless talks at schools, libraries, and to scout troops about his survival tale recounted in the 1939 book Lost on a Mountain in Maine.

LYNN PLOURDE is the author of more than twenty-five picture books, including The First Feud, an original fable of Mt. Katahdin, and Margaret Chase Smith: A Woman for President, a biography of Lynn’s hometown hero. Her books have been included on several “Best Books” lists. Lynn’s work on Lost Trail with her friend Donn Fendler is her first graphic novel. She lives in Winthrop, Maine.


Illustrator Information

Ben Bishop is a graphic novelist, toy designer and illustrator from Maine. Ben self-published his first book, Nathan the Caveman, in 2008 followed by Oh My Black Eye and a collaborative graphic novel, The Collective, in 2009. He is currently working on his next graphic novel, Something Like Falling, which tells the story of two brothers and their journey to find the father they never knew for their devoted mother who gave up hoping he would come home. In addition to Something Like Falling, Ben is busy at work on three other books he plans to put out this year. See more of Ben’s work at

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